Sanctity of Life and Abortion

The convenient murder and child sacrifice of millions…..as we sit idly by and watch…more concerned with the Super Bowl than the wanton slaughter of the innocents. How dare we claim to uphold the Holiness of God Almighty when we allow this to happen…when our clothes are drenched in the blood of helpless babes….and we elect leaders who openly promote it? What have we done? What are we going to do to stem the tide of convenient murder and child sacrifice?

“First, Moloch, horrid King, besmeared with blood
Of human sacrifice, and parents’ tears;
Though, for the noise of drums and timbrels loud,
Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire
To his grim idol. Him the Ammonite
Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain,
In Argob and in Basan, to the stream
Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such
Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart
Of Solomon he led by fraud to build
His temple right against the temple of God
On that opprobrious hill, and made his grove
The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence
And black Gehenna called, the type of Hell.”
– Paradise Lost, i. 391-405

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The Sacrifice of Children

Our children sacrificed. A whole generation wiped away because five unelected judges deemed privacy a sacred right allowing us to take the life of the unborn.

 

 

Jeremiah 32:35

English Standard Version (ESV)

35 They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Have we as a nation caused our sons and daughter to ” pass through the fire ” for convenience sake? Have we become calloused to the sanctity of human life or are we inebriated with the illusion of our own godhood to the point we can now equivocate on how many lives we can afford to offer up?

Leviticus 18:21

English Standard Version (ESV)

21 You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

The LORD, He is God, and and HE places value upon life because HE created us in HIS image.

Mark 9:42

” Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.

If causing one to stumble brings such a strong rebuke what of the wanton slaughter of over 40 million pre-born lives?

Convenient Murder and Child Sacrifice?

Molech: “A detestable Semitic deity honored by the sacrifice of children, in which they were caused to pass through or into the fire. Palestinian excavations have uncovered evidences of infant skeletons in burial places around heathen shrines

The sacrifice of infants is an abomination and a stench in the nostrils of God and is a festering sore on our nation’s soul. Our leaders, whom we have elected, do not listen….they pander to the crowd’s ears that they are tickling at the moment, making sweeping promises that we have far to often fallen for.

Psalm 127:3

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,The fruit of the womb is a reward

Children are a blessing from the LORD and a reward to be cherished in His sight. How we have fallen: to equate success and independence with the freedom to destroy life at will.

Stand up. Take account of the situation. What is the life of a child worth? Do you call yourself a child of God and promote and defend legal abortion? What have we done to curb the tide of convenient murder and child sacrifice in this once great nation? Not enough. Where can you go to learn more?

God Bless and Keep the Faith

From Turretin on the Atonement

For whom did Christ die? Did He die for all men equally or was their a special intent in the Father sending the Son?

Some thoughts from Francis Turretin

I. The mission and death of Christ”

“are restricted to a limited number—to his people, his sheep, his friends, his Church, his body; and nowhere extended to all men severally and collectively. Thus, Christ “is called Jesus, because he shall save his people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21). He is called the Saviour of his body, (Ephesians 5:23). “The good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep,” (John 10:15), and “for his friends,” (John 15:13). He is said “to die—that he might gather together in one, the children of God that were scattered abroad,” (John 11:52). It is said that Christ “hath purchased the Church [or his flock] with his own blood,” (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25–26). If Christ died for every one of Adam’s posterity, why should the Scriptures so often restrict the object of his death to a few? How could it, with propriety, “be said absolutely that Christ is the Saviour of his people and of his body, if he is the Saviour of others also? How could it in the same way be said that he laid down his life for his sheep, for the sons of God, and for the Church, if, according to the will and purpose of God, he died for others also? Would this be a greater proof of his love and a firmer ground of consolation?”

Excerpt From: Turretin, Francis. “The Atonement of Christ.” iBooks.
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Deceiving Appearances

Appearances are Deceiving

Walking through the woods as a pre-teen and teen, I was often in awe of the majestic splendor of the world I was encountering: the abundance of life teeming around me was incredible….from the smallest of ants, mosses, and fungi……to the swiftest of deer, sly foxes, and the tallest of trees soaring towards Heaven spreading their limbs in praise of their Creator. It was and is an amazing world to behold….full of wonder and grandeur: Full of life lessons waiting to be learned to a proud and arrogant young man. I soon learned that Looks Can be Deceiving in the mountains and valleys that I roamed as a kid.

Looks Can be Deceiving

When walking the hills with my Grandpa we would stop and take the time to learn which tree was which by both the type of bark and the particular leaves each tree produced. This was important to us for two reasons…..a wood stove heated my Grandparent’s house during the cold Appalachian winters and while hunting I would need to know which trees produced food for the various species of varmints that would hopefully hit the table.

Out of all the trees in those woods….the ash, the maple, hickories, dogwoods, poplars, beech, and others…..the Mighty Oak enthralled me the most. They would grow to epic sizes…both in heighth and girth all the while producing the acorns that turkeys, deers, and squirrels so loved to eat. Their branches were home to a plethora of species and they looked so solid and secure in their place among the pantheon of woodland trees that I doubted that any ill could befall them.

There was one in particular, of grand size, that was just below the trail leading around the mountain we so often traversed that I looked to as the king of the woods. I loved to gaze at it…..thinking that this tree would last forever….it seemed to have always been there and surely it would always be. Can you imagine my surprise when one day I looked down the hill and it was toppled…this giant was laying on its side…dead and lifeless.

I walked down to the shattered base of the behemoth and found out that looks can be deceiving….from the outside the Giant Oak was solid, firm, the picture of health and stability….but on the inside it was rotten….decaying….and had been dying for years. The deception that had played upon my eyes was now open for all to see….and I learned a valuable lesson that would not come to full fruition until years later.

Appearance are Deceptive

Appearances…..that is looks can be deceiving. Things are not always as they seem and that applies to the people we associate with, those we live with, and especially those we worship with. Many of us so often only have a thin veneer of being civilized…when the time comes, when our feathers are ruffled, when the winds blow contrary to our course….that veneer may quickly vanish. We ( I ) can lose all sense of decorum and tact all the while making fools out of ourselves in the name of pride.

Humans everywhere will put on the false faces of the theatre to fit in, to play act with the crowd….to reduce the chance of being scorned and ridiculed by our peers. It is our nature…it is who we are….but there is an even more insidious form of deception that plagues us…hypocrisy of religion.

Hypocrisy and Religion

Jesus Christ reserved the harshest of criticism for the Pharisees…those who appeared holy, those who loved the praise of men, but were far away from the God they claimed to serve:

Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

Just like the giant oaks of my youth, Jesus knew that there where those whose looks can be deceiving. Alive on the outside, following the rules ( or so it appears ), and having every appearance of Godliness, but on the inside they are full of dead men’s bones and unclean.

These Pharisees of old were the blind leading the blind ( Luke 6:39 ) and a broad of vipers who spoke out of the abundance of their hearts the corruption that was found there ( Matthew 12:34 ). The Pharisees that Jesus spoke to in this manner were tied to an external righteousness apart from the faith of Abraham.

The sad thing is that they have survived unto this day.

Legalist and Deceivers

Our world is full of them…our churches swarm with legalist who would hinder the Christian Liberty found in Christ. They so want to….from their heart of hearts….to place burdens upon true believers that they themselves cannot bear. They demand perfection from others while they are rotten to the core. That looks can be deceiving is a hard lesson learned among the pews of the faithful.

The modern Pharisees often look the best, play the part, sing the loudest, and quote Scripture the most….but the love of God and the Truth is not in them. They bind phylacteries upon their foreheads and hands all the while not having the Word found in their hearts….their words are bitter-sweet and their venom is toxic.

The Hollow Ring of Deception

Many years after seeing that majestic ol’ oak tree fall from internal rot this life lesson was reinforced upon me once again. Working for a utility company I am required to climbs poles using a set of gaff hooks….those things that resemble rooster spurs and allow us to climb poles like a squirrel…in theory at least.

When preparing to climb we must sound the pole by taking a line hammer and tapping all around the pole in an effort to determine shell rot….if the outside is stable enough to climb. The bad thing is that sounding it at the bottom does not determine the suitability further on up….and rotteness is not always apparent at first glance….and one day I came down the pole I was climbing after ” cutting-out ” with my gaffs. It was not a pleasurable experience I can assure you.

A few splinters, some scrapes, and gobs on Neosporin and bandages later I was all healed up…but many in the Church suffer much worse at the hands of those whose looks can be deceiving. The WhiteWashed tombs try with vigor to lead others down the primrose path of destruction and legalism. Do this and you will be saved not ever heading the call of Scripture that He has done all that is required for salvation. The liberty we have in Christ is never to be confused with Antinomiansim…..that is no law, for Christ gave us commands and the NT prescribes behaviors that are fitting of a Christian to persue….but those behaviors apart from Christ are nothing but a dead and dangerous moralism.

Looks can be Deceiving so what to do?

We cannot cut down every ( even any? ) tree that we suspect to be rotten for most of these tree look sound from the outside. Jesus Himself said that the tares would have to grow with the wheat until the end, but though looks can be deceiving there are some things that we can do:

We can look to the fruit they are producing-Matthew 7:17 since good fruit comes from good trees and bad fruit from bad trees
Learn the Scriptures and set under sound teachers for all Scripture is given for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16
Rest in the Finished Work of Christ and the Faith He has given you. John 19:13, Hebrews 12:2, Ephesians 2:8-10
Know that you can add nothing to your salvation and no one can take it from you. Romans 5:17,Romans 6:23, Romans 8:35-39

Don’t Be Deceived by Appearances

Appearances can be deceiving…..life is full of deception and misdirection so we must be wary….wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Do a little ” sounding ” before building your house in a tree that may be rotten to the core.u

Remember….looks can be deceiving.

God bless and keep the Faith